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Charles Lakofsky Studio Art Stoneware Sculptural Vase

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Directory: Vintage Arts: Decorative Art: Ceramics: American: Pottery: Pre 1980: Item # 1038347

Mark Bassett (aka 'potterybooks')
Author of Understanding Roseville Pottery
P.O. Box 771233, Lakewood, OH 44107


Charles Lakofsky Studio Art Stoneware Sculptural Vase
Charles Lakofsky (1922-1993) was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and trained at the Cleveland School (now Institute) of Art, after which he earned an M.A. in Ceramics at Alfred University and an M.F.A. in Ceramic Design at Ohio State University. For 35 years, he taught art at Bowling Green State University, during which time his exquisite studio pottery (often in a reddish stoneware clay) and wheel-thrown porcelains won numerous prizes, in the United States and abroad, and began finding homes in both public and private collections.

In 2007 I was honored to curate a memorial exhibition of his work, drawn largely from the collection of his now late wife, Mrs. Charles Lakofsky, from whose estate I purchased a few examples. The examples I am selling came from his home and have not been on the market before.

You can obtain a small illustrated booklet that I wrote, to accompany this exhibition, from Lulu. Or you can easily locate many favorable reviews of the exhibition by googling the potter's name.

This piece is an impressive 12.25" tall sculptural "double vase," fired as salt-glazed stoneware. Somewhat grainy, medium brown clay body. Slab-built from clay that was textured by impressing it (while wet) with corduroy fabric. Hand-built and then tortured and altered in a variety of ways. It has dents in irregular locations, irregular tears along the seam down the center (on one side), a wound-like opening, and trim around the mouth and around this puncture that must have been hand-carved to look like small pleats. No crazing. Please study the photos for details.

Like much of Lakofsky's work, this vase is modernist and would be a perfect accessory for an Eames-era Mid-Century Modern home.

Marked with the CL monogram and a die-impressed 3 or 8 (meaning unknown). Date unknown, but probably made after 1970. No nicks, chips, hairlines, or repairs.

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